V 259. Sougdaia. Inscription of Athanasios (?), X–XVth century C.E.
H. 6.0, W. 5.0, Th. 5.0.
Broken on all sides, including the back.
Place of Origin
Curtain wall XIV, Burial vault 1.
1986, excavations of I.A. Baranov,
Institution and inventory
Museum "Sudak Fortress", СК–86/№ 246.
On the front.
Lapidary, letters lean slightly. Alpha with a loop, wide mu.
X–XVth century C.E.
1. Vinogradov, Dzhanov 2004, 420–412, № 12.
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb n="1"/><seg part="I">Ἀθανα<supplied reason="lost">σι</supplied></seg><gap reason="lost" extent="unknown" unit="character"/> <lb n="2"/><orig>ΣΑΝΔΕΜ</orig><gap reason="illegible" extent="unknown" unit="character"/> </ab> </div>
Remaining letters are not sufficient for reconstructing the content of the inscription. We can only suggest that the initial letters of line 1 most likely belong to a name and not to some such word as ἀθάνατος "immortal."
The monument was found during the clearing of the fill of Vault tomb 1, dated to the VIII-IXth centuries. It is possible that the stone fragment with graffito fell in during the construction works in the XIVth century when the barrel vault of the tomb was broken.
© 2015 Andrey Vinogradov (edition), Irene Polinskaya (translation)
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